I’m often asked what cameras and other equipment I use for my photography. In the past – particularly when I used to shoot weddings and portraits fairly regularly – I opted for medium format gear, and in terms of SLR/DSLR options have been wedded to Canon for as long as I can remember. However, I have to confess that I’ve been completely won over by Sony and their leading edge camera technology, and these days my photographic equipment consists of the following (subject to change, of course, because the lure of new equipment is something of a constant):
- Sony a7Rii (full frame, 42MP) with the following lenses:
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS
Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro G OSS
- Sony a6300 with 16-50mm F3.5 PZ OSS lens (fantastic camera – 24MP APS-C sensor with the fastest AF available when released, and easily pocketable)
- Apple iPhone 8 Plus (yes, really – I use this a lot, particularly for Instagram)
- Elinchrom D-Lite RX4 (x3)
- Elinchrom D-Lite 4 it (x2)
- Metz 64 AF-1 speedlight
- Gitzo Explorer GT2531EX tripod with Gitzo GH2750QR off centre ball head
- Giottos MTL8361B tripod with MH1300-550 ball head and QR plate
- Manfrotto 679 monopod with 494RC2 ball head (generally kept in the car for walkabout use)
- Adobe Creative Cloud (primarily Photoshop, but occasionally Lightroom), ON1, Capture 1
Although it’s a bit time-consuming to set up, my preferred lighting is studio flash, and normally I’ll use either an electronic trigger or the speedlight – mounted on the camera – to remotely fire the studio heads (the speedlight also gives a soft fill light by bouncing it off the ceiling, or even the wall behind the camera). The two studio heads then provided ideal key and accent lights and the set-up generally looked like that below, although light positioning would obviously vary from shot to shot.
Notwithstanding the above, I’ve also incorporated some LED continuous lighting in my workflow with the acquisition of the powerful Godox VL150 together with a couple of tiny – but also powerful – Nanlite Forza 60s. The lighting setup is actually very similar, though.